UPDATED: Body of Fort Collins Man Recovered at Black Canyon National Park
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MONTROSE COUNTY - Using a helicopter on Thursday, rangers recovered the body of a Fort Collins man from the bottom of "Painted Wall," a well-known cliff and climbing destination within Black Canyon National Park.

On Friday, Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield identified the man as 27-year-old Michael Barnes. The autopsy revealed the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries secondary to blunt force trauma due to a fall. The manner of death is accidental.

The search for Barnes was prompted on Wednesday afternoon after park rangers noted that a an unattended vehicle had been parked on the North Rim overnight. 

The body was recovered using a helicopter that was staged nearby for fire response.



PUBLISHED ON JULY 11, 2013, AT 3:01 P.M.

Body Recovered at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park 

MONTROSE
- Using a helicopter on Thursday, rangers recovered the body of a man from the bottom of a cliff within Black Canyon National Park.

The search for the man, who has not yet been identified, was prompted on Wednesday afternoon after park rangers noted that a an unattended vehicle had been parked on the North Rim overnight. 

The body was recovered today using a helicopter that was staged nearby for fire response. Rangers are working with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and Montrose County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the facts surrounding the incident. 

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